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Good News: Tween Cancer Survivor Invents ‘Chemo Backpack’

When 11-year-old Kylie Simonds of Naugatuck, Conn., was given a school assignment to invent something that solves an everyday problem, she didn’t go the typical route of kids her age. Instead, she drew from her personal experience with rhabdomyosarcoma, rare childhood cancer of bone or soft tissue, to provide a helpful tool for kids battling debilitating illnesses. And though it might look like a simple backpack, it’s actually much more. Kylie knew better than anyone that a huge struggle for kids fighting cancer was the immobility they faced. Not only did she often feel too ill or weak, but when she was feeling up to the activity of playtime she would have IV poles standing in her way. In an interview, she mentioned often tripping over wires and always being forced to rely on someone to help her get around. Young Kylie has been a big motivator in the IV Pediatric Backpack for KidsWithCancer, helping children gain back some of their independence. Click here for more on Kylie’s story and the future of these awesome inventions!

 

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Good News: Woman With Aggressive Cancer Delays Treatment in the Name of Science

Mother, grandmother, and biomedical scientist Kimberly Koss of Ohio is battling a rare and aggressive form of breast cancer, called triple negative — but has chosen to skip an initial round of chemotherapy in order to donate some of her deadly cells to science. These triple negative tumors are not very well understood, causing them to be underfunded as well. They have very high mortality rates, making Koss’ act one of extreme bravery. When asked why she chose to miss her first suggested treatment and donate cells, she said her daughter and three granddaughters were her motivation. Due to all of triple negative’s unknowns, there is concern for a hereditary component and Kimberly wants to do all she can to protect her family. Click here for more on this woman’s incredible strength and bravery!

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Good News: 6-Year-Old Boy Hugs His Mom for the First Time

With the help of scientists at the University of Central Florida, one little boy got to do something he’d never before: give his mother a hug with two hands. 6 year old Alex Pring was born without an arm. As he has grown and become more active, he has an increased need for a prosthetic. Financially though, this $40,000 wasn’t a possibility for the Pring family due to no support from insurance. Looking for solutions, Alex’s mother Alyson got in touch with E-nable, a technological collective that produces robotic hands and arms for children. After hearing her story, Albert Manero, a grad student at the University of Central Florida, had an idea: produce a robotic arm for the boy using a 3-D printer. With the help of his team at UCF, Manero had a working prototype of the new plastic limb in a few weeks. It runs on household batteries, and opens and closes through a connection to the muscles in Alex’s arm. After a few fittings, Alex Pring officially had a new right arm – all for a grand total of $350. Click here to see mom and son finally getting to fully embrace!

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Good News: Three Girls in Cancer Photo That Went Viral All in Remission

The photo is astounding: three little girls, each bald from chemo treatments battling different cancers, leaning into each other with their eyes closed. They stand beneath the caption, “Sometimes strength comes in knowing that you are not alone!” The image went viral in April, melting the hearts of thousands of Facebook fans — but leaving a haunting feeling, because we couldn’t know how each child’s story would turn out. Now we know, though, and the news couldn’t be better: All three girls are in remission! Click here to see this striking photo of these sweet little ladies!

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Go Nuts

A patient came to me confused. “One moment I hear nuts are fattening.  Then I hear they’re good for me. Which is the truth?”

Well, the truth about nuts is a little nutty. Yes, they are fattening. And yes, you should eat them. I’ll explain.

Research shows those who regularly eat a daily serving of nuts reduce their risk of heart disease by 25 percent, and their overall risk of death by 20 percent. Now that is nuts.

There are handfuls of studies showing other health benefits of nuts, so I recommend them. However, they are high in fat and calories, so sticking to a serving a day is best.

Rather than adding them to the diet you’re already eating, use them to replace foods like meats, refined grains, sweets or processed snacks. And talk to your doctor about which ones are the healthiest. Some are much better for you than others.

 Stronger Families. Stronger Communities. I’m Dr. Walt Larimore for Shine dot FM.

You can read additional blogs by Dr. Larimore on this topic here. Just scroll down the home page to find and click on the article in which you’re interested. In addition, you can see Dr. Walt’s twice-daily devotional, Morning Glory, Evening Grace, here. Last, but not least, limited numbers of autographed copies of Dr. Walt’s books are available here.

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Peek A Boo Perks

There you are, developing your child’s visual system, increasing their perceptual continuity—which helps them know when an object is really in front of them or not—all while nerves in the child’s visual system are branching out, building circuits that will affect his or her visual accuracy the rest of their life … whew. And you thought playing peek-a-boo was a simple little game.

Not only does it elicit giggles from babies, but studies also suggest there is science behind the silliness.

Researchers believe by four to six months of age, infants learn perceptual continuity. During these months the child’s visual system continues it’s key development.

While the body does its work on its own, games like peek-a-boo add an important stimulus to the child as they sit back and watch the world around them.

Now you don’t have to feel so silly.

 Stronger Families. Stronger Communities. I’m Dr. Walt Larimore for Shine dot FM.

You can read additional blogs by Dr. Larimore on this topic here. Just scroll down the home page to find and click on the article in which you’re interested. In addition, you can see Dr. Walt’s twice-daily devotional, Morning Glory, Evening Grace, here. Last, but not least, limited numbers of autographed copies of Dr. Walt’s books are available here.

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An Earful of Damage

The way you discipline your teenagers can have a direct impact on their health. And really, yours too.

Teens are more likely to suffer depression, physical ailments, and negative behaviors like anger and vandalism … if they live in a home where harsh verbal discipline is the norm.

A new study shows parents that regularly yell, swear, shout, and call their teens insulting names, aren’t doing anyone any good. As a disciplinary measure, it’s destructive. And it wreaks havoc on a teen’s mental, emotional, and physical health—which can have long term consequences.

If your temper chronically gets the best of you, you’re putting yourself at risk for a long list of health complications too—and robbing yourself of joy.

Of course, any disciplinary measure carried to the extreme can harm a child, but ones that balance love and limits are much more effective—for everyone.

 Stronger Families. Stronger Communities. I’m Dr. Walt Larimore for Shine dot FM.

You can read additional blogs by Dr. Larimore on this topic here. Just scroll down the home page to find and click on the article in which you’re interested. In addition, you can see Dr. Walt’s twice-daily devotional, Morning Glory, Evening Grace, here. Last, but not least, limited numbers of autographed copies of Dr. Walt’s books are available here.

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Portion Sizes

Here’s news that will shock you: eating bigger portions of food can lead to weight gain. Ok, that deserves a “no kidding.” But a new study on portion sizes offers a helping of great information.

Researchers found that people given large servings of food ate more than those given smaller ones, even after hearing about the impact of portion size on consumption.

So what does this mean for you? Try cutting down on portion sizes—for you and your family. If you’re afraid of going hungry, here’s some good news: other research has found that smaller servings fill us up just as much as the larger ones, as long as we slow down our rate of eating.

Enjoy some fellowship with your food. Taking a little more time to eat, along with a reduction on the plate, could mean a big reduction in your waistline—and you’ll build relationships while building better health.

 Stronger Families. Stronger Communities. I’m Dr. Walt Larimore for Shine dot FM.

You can read additional blogs by Dr. Larimore on this topic here. Just scroll down the home page to find and click on the article in which you’re interested. In addition, you can see Dr. Walt’s twice-daily devotional, Morning Glory, Evening Grace, here. Last, but not least, limited numbers of autographed copies of Dr. Walt’s books are available here.

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Good News: Cancer Survivor Runs From Florida to Maine in 68 Days

Helene Neville won’t let four bouts of cancer slow her down. The 53-year-old grandma just finished the third leg of her 10,000-mile run around the perimeter of the lower continental 48 states. Neville began the third leg of her run 68 days ago in Marathon, Florida, roughly 2,000 miles from where she finished in Portland, Maine. She said it was her most difficult journey yet because it was so hilly, but she continued even when she felt tired. Neville began the third leg of her run 68 days ago in Marathon, Florida, roughly 2,000 miles from where she finished in Portland, Maine. She said it was her most difficult journey yet because it was so hilly, but she continued even when she felt tired.  When asked why she began this journey, Neville said, “I just wanted to go out and inspire originally nurses – I’m a nurse – to be better ambassadors for healthy living to inspire health in their patients. And it’s just so much bigger. I stop and talk to school children, just the general public. I just try to get everyone to think about health and inspire the next person.” Click here for more on this woman’s wonderful journey around the country!

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Highchair Safety

Is mealtime becoming more dangerous? It may be, for your baby—and the reason may not sit well with you.

The number of children going to the emergency room because of high chair injuries has risen over twenty percent in the last seven years. Many kids suffered head injuries including concussions and internal trauma.

Is it time to write high chair manufacturers or demand better safety standards? Nope. It’s time to look in the mirror mom and dad. The majority of injuries occurred when kids were standing in their chairs or climbing out of them. They weren’t properly supervised or strapped in.

Fortunately, there’s a simple rule parents can follow, which reduces the vast majority of infant injury. Any high chair worth dining at should have a restraint system. So treat your high chair like you would a car seat—and buckle up.

 Stronger Families. Stronger Communities. I’m Dr. Walt Larimore for Shine dot FM.

You can read additional blogs by Dr. Larimore on this topic here. Just scroll down the home page to find and click on the article in which you’re interested. In addition, you can see Dr. Walt’s twice-daily devotional, Morning Glory, Evening Grace, here. Last, but not least, limited numbers of autographed copies of Dr. Walt’s books are available here.

Listen to today’s audio here.